Middle School Education, MA
Offered in: Chicago
The purpose of the Middle School Education program is to prepare capable, dedicated, and concerned teachers who are committed to the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth of adolescents enrolled in middle school classrooms. Students are encouraged to develop communication skills, content knowledge, observational skills, and sound teaching practices that they can apply to their work with diverse learners. Over the duration of the program, students develop a sense of themselves as professional educators who can act as change agents in their schools. Students who successfully complete the program earn a State of Illinois Professional Educator License to teach in grades 5-8.
Applicants to the program must have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for the entirety of their undergraduate course work, a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit at the undergraduate level, and a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or have substituted an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion. Professional dispositions also must be demonstrated. Applicants who have taken other graduate-level course work must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in these courses.
In addition, all Middle School Education majors are required to successfully complete 21 credit hours of content courses in a selected content area. The content area choices are English language arts, social studies, math, and science. Interested students must consult with the professional advisor in the College of Education before enrolling in Arts and Sciences courses to ensure that all licensure requirements are successfully completed. Students can earn admission to the program without an undergraduate major in science, English, history, or mathematics, but must complete the required 21 credit hours prior to entrance to student teaching.
|EDUC 402||CHILD & ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION||3|
|SPED 419||EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH||3|
|READ 463||TEACHING LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS||3|
|READ 468||FOUNDATIONS OF BILINGUAL AND ESL EDUCATION||3|
|SEED 401||FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITIES IN ADOLESCENT EDUCATION||4|
|SEED 450||FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SECONDARY EDUCATION||4|
|SEED 455||INTGRTD CONTENT & LRNG MID CHL||3|
|SEED 456||FIELD EXPERIENCES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION||3|
|SEED 460||STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR: SECONDARY EDUCATION||6|
|SEED 003||CAREER COACHING FOR EDUCATORS||0|
|Methods of Teaching in Major Fields|
|Select one of the following:|
|SEED 422||METHODS OF TEACHING SCIENCE TO ADOLESCENTS||3|
|or SEED 423||METHODS OF TEACHING MATH TO ADOLESCENTS|
|or SEED 426||METHODS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES TO ADOLESCENTS|
|or SEED 427||METHODS OF TEACHING SECONDARY ENGLISH|
|Total Credit Hours||35|
First-hand experiences with diverse learners in middle school classrooms are required. Students are enrolled in courses that include field experiences; in these courses, they participate in classrooms as observers, tutors, and participants in large group activities. Field experiences involve both urban and suburban placements and must include schools with traditionally underserved populations. SEED 401 FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITIES IN ADOLESCENT EDUCATION, SEED 450 CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT IN ADOLESCENT EDUCATION, SEED 456 Field Experiences in Middle SCHOOL Education, and SPED 419 EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH are field experience courses. Students who are currently employed as full-time teachers or who have completed field experiences in other programs may petition to have these hours considered for meeting requirements. However, all petitions must be directed to the entire faculty of the program, and all petitions must be received at the time of admission and initial enrollment in the program.
A 15-week student teaching experience is arranged in accordance with professional standards and with consideration of each student's needs and interests. Student teaching is open only to those who have completed all general education courses, an academic major, Test of Academic Proficiency or have substituted an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion and the appropriate content exam, professional education courses, and other requirements for admission to student teaching. Formal application two semesters prior to student teaching is required.
Applicants are expected to be in good physical health, free from severe, chronic, or persistent personal or emotional difficulties, and well prepared in general education, the academic major, professional dispositions, and professional education. A College of Education faculty member and a resident cooperating teacher supervise each student. Students are required to submit various assignments that document their growth, instructional orientation, and impact on student learning.
Student teaching assignments are not appropriate or approved in a school where a student or family member has full-time employment, whether as a teacher, an aide, or in any support or administrative capacity. Student teaching is a full-time responsibility of no less than 15 weeks. Student teachers may not engage in outside employment or take any additional course work while they are student teaching.
Before issuing a license, the Illinois State Board of Education requires passing performance on the Test of Academic Proficiency or an ACT or SAT score that meet's the state's criterion, the content area test appropriate to the endorsement that the teacher candidate is seeking, and the edTPA. Students must consult with their assigned advisor to determine which courses taken at Roosevelt and at other institutions are acceptable for meeting state licensure requirements.